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Chip N Dip Trays For The Holidays

I don't know about you but I love a good chip and dip combo when our family and friends gather for the holidays. It seems as though a group always gathers around the chip and dip bowl to catch up on what's been happening.

This year I plan on having several new trays conveniently located for those conversations to take place. How about you? Ready to learn how to make a cool new serving tray for those awesome dips you make?

Mind you... the server I'm about to show you is not glazed as it is "in-process." I think I will glaze it with Amaco Potter's Choice Deep Firebrick, since it matches my kitchen and I love it, but you'll have to decide how you want to finish yours off in the end...

Grab your coffee and follow me to the studio.

Let me start by telling you what I may be using to create this project...

  • Clay - Amaco Mid/High Fire A-Mix Stoneware No. 11 - rolled to roughly 1/4" thickness
  • 1 small bowl to form top layer (maybe)
  • 1 large bowl to form the bottom (maybe)
  • Pin tool
  • Cardboard or posterboard for template, shaping, and support
  • Sponge/water
  • Rubber ribs of different sizes
  • Heat gun or blow dryer

The first thing we need to do is determine size/shape and create a template. The possibilities are pretty much unlimited... do you want a round, oval, square, octogonal, etc... Whatever shape you choose make it your style.

For simplicity sake, and since the Holiday's are quickly approaching, I'm making a rectangular tray. I've created a template and rolled a slab of clay large enough to accomodate it.

The next thing to do is decorate it if you want then cut out your shape. If you notice, I've used a car mat and rolled the design on the slab.

The secret to my shape is the posterboard template and packing tape. Once I cut it out, I put the template under the clay, and used it as a way to shape and form my base.

By pulling up the sides and back, then using packing tape to secure it, I've created a unique shape.

Once the base was formed, I created a well for the dip, that will slide down on the rim of the base. This part needs a little finess to get a good fit.

IMG_6346[1] Primary Form
IMG_6351[1] Two strips added to create a groove to slide over the rim
IMG_6353[1] Propped against a paint can for support, deepened the well, then taped in place until its firm enough to retain its shape alone
Once the form is sturdy enough, I will remove the dip well and let them dry very slowly under plastic to prevent warping, then bisque, glaze and fire!

Stay tuned for finished pictures!


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